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Granada


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Every city has its own charm, but Granada has its own and that of the rest
– Antonia Machado
Located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada is one of the most visited cities in Spain. What makes this place so unique is that it was the capital of the Moorish kingdom until it was captured by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. Today you will find a fascinating city, rich in multicultural history - a beautiful reflection of its Arab and Christian past. The Alhambra, a spectacular Arab citadel and palace, is certainly one of the main highlights of Granada.
Granada is one of the preferred destinations for European students, giving it a fun, vibrant university city feel. It is also a city with palpable artistic energy. Strolling along the streets you will surely come across artisans and musicians showcasing their talents. From late afternoon it’s tapas time. The tapas tradition started in Andalucia, and true to its roots there are still places in Granada where the tapas is free with your drinks. You’ll be served a small plate of whatever they’ve got going each time you order a drink.

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Granada

Spend some time in Granada on a tour that takes in other cities in Spain and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Granada and other destinations throughout Spain and Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Where to stay in Granada

For a truly exclusive experience, we suggest staying at the Parador of Granada, which is the only hotel located inside the famous Alhambra grounds. It is a former convent that has been beautifully transformed into a unique hotel that combines the city's Arab and Christian heritage. 

Although Granada itself is not very big, there are many hills and some of the quaint neighborhoods like Albaicín are difficult to access by car. This is why we recommend staying near the Plaza Nueva and the Cathedral. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from in this part of the city.

Modern hotel
Modern hotel in a 19th century building near the cathedral.
Classic luxury hotel
Two buildings joined together, one modern, the other a palace, sharing a garden.
Boutique hotel
A trendy heritage hotel with up-to-date furnishings and style.

Things to do in Granada

A must-see in Granada is the San Nicolas viewpoint at the sunset. Here you will capture the most iconic picture of the Alhambra. Be sure to also take your time and just get lost strolling along the quaint streets of the inviting Albaicín neighborhood. For those who love culture, get to know a bit more about one of Spain's greatest poets, Federico Garcia Lorca by visiting his home-museum at La Huerta de San Vicente. A visit to the Alhambra with a private guide will maximize your enjoyment of the experience. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.

Alhambra Private Tour
Albaicin & Sacromonte, Granada's UNESCO Districts Private Walking Tour

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Granada

How many days should I spend in Granada?
Two full days is a must to spend in Granada. You can visit all the tourist sights including the Alhambra, taste its culinary delights and dedicate time to a relaxed walk on the narrow, sometimes unmarked streets that hide secret gems off the beaten track.
How much should I expect to spend person per day in Granada?
You can expect to spend 35-40 EUR/person/day (40-45 USD) for food, beverages, transportation, and random leisure needs (spontaneous visit to a museum). If you plan to attend excursions, the average cost may rise to 100-120 EUR/person/day (110-130 USD). Day trips usually include transportation, some food, and drink.
Besides the Alhambra, what are the other main sites in Granada?
Assuming that the main cultural venues of Granada, the Alhambra, and Albaicín, have caught your attention, we would like to give some least known insights. During your holiday in Granada, you should not miss a recharging relaxation in a traditional Arab hammam bath. An afternoon or late evening stroll in Sacromonte, the Gypsy Quarter, will drop you to a distinct world. Before or after your visit to Sacromonte, make sure to include the house of the poet Federico Garcia Lorca, who got much of his poetic inspiration from the gypsy people. Reward yourself with some spicey snacks in the Alcaicería, the Arab spice market.
Where's best, easiest and safest to get some local currency in Granada?
ATMs are safe to withdraw cash in Spain, but check with your bank regarding ATM fees for overseas withdrawals, and always choose EUR without conversion - your bank's rate is always better than the one the ATM will charge. You can use your credit card in most restaurants, cafés, and bars. For some hidden or street-based souvenir shops, you might need cash, but it is very seldom. In case using your credit card, please always require payment in the local currency, which is EUR in Spain, without conversion.
Any souvenir and shopping tips for Granada?
Shopping is a serious business in Spain and so in Granada, you will find food markets with fresh food and friendly vendors. You'll find shopping streets with fast fashion, neighborhoods with design and recycling shops, art galleries, workshops, food stores with local delicacies that guarantee good buys for shoppers of every kind. But Granada is said to be outstanding in its unique boutiques with essential clothing items.
How do I get around Granada?
Granada city center is easy to discover on foot, but you might be thankful for advice on public transportation at the end of a day-long stroll. Granada has a great bus network with tourist routes commuting between city sights, metropolitan buses taking you further out of the city, and intercity routes in case you would like to discover a nearby sight.
Is Granada safe?
In Granada, like in any other Spanish destination, you should not be worried about violence or bigger crime. Beware of petty theft at busy places, like shopping malls, public vehicles, and stations.
What are the options in Granada for people with dietary restrictions and intolerances?
The Mediterranean diet is on the menu all around the country! Spanish cuisine uses a lot of rice and chickpeas that make the life of a gluten-intolerant easy-peasy. Milk is not a popular ingredient either, which is good news for lactose intolerants. Should you have any specific restrictions, feel free to turn to the waiter, who will helpfully assist you with the right choice of meal.
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